Bridal Beauty Prep for the Big Day

Professional Bridal Makeup by Beautiful Brides Philly

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It’s nearly your wedding day and it’s prime time to think about how to prepare your look for the big day. And it’s never too early to start thinking about it, because real change, the one that comes from within, is not about a crash diet, a quick-fix procedure or miracle cream, it’s about a lifestyle. And what better time to make some changes in your lifestyle than when you’re joining your life with someone else’s? So let’s see what steps you need to take in order to get the perfect look.

Visit a Specialist Early

If you want to change your appearance for the better, and you want to do it safely and naturally, you need to think in advance. Whether it’s damaged hair, imperfections on the skin or something else, you need to start on time and allow your body to readjust. Consult an esthetician about the best practices and treatments to get even, smooth skin and a hair stylist on any treatments to strengthen your hair for the big day. You need to do this early because you can’t know your body’s reaction to your treatment, and quick-fixes never last. “Also, if you’re not already on a morning and evening skin routine, you should start the day you get the ring,” offers Dana Persia, esthetician, beauty guru and owner of Beautiful Brides Philly, a Philadelphia-based on-site hair and makeup company.  “Cleansing, toning, moisturizing and exfoliation are essential for beautiful, glowing skin,” adds Persia.  Just be cautious to do any new treatments, change products or go to a new specialist in the days right before your wedding, because a bad reaction can ruin your entire plan.

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Hydrate Your Skin

The biggest reason for damaged skin, hair and nails is the lack of hydration. And not only that, but if you are dehydrated, you will have less energy – and the preparations won’t do themselves. Make sure you hydrate both in and out. Use good moisturizers, like those from Ultraceuticals, every day to pamper your skin and give it a glow. Carry around a water bottle with you at all times and if you keep forgetting to drink, set an alarm on your phone to remind you. Carry around a hand cream so that the ring has something soft to land on when you say “I do” and apply a hydrating cream or body milk all over your body after showering.

Have a Plan

A wedding isn’t something you do on the fly. It is months, or even years, of meticulous planning and strategizing. And in the week before the wedding, you want to do a lot of beauty prep, in a special order. Dyeing your hair or doing any permanent alterations should be done one week in advance to leave time for adjustment. Manicure and pedicure, depending on what kind of work you do and how long they will last, should be done anywhere from three days in advance to the day of. Waxing, plucking and any other hair removal should be scheduled for two days before the ceremony, to make sure the redness goes away, or if you are only shaving, the night before will do just fine. Hairstyle, makeup and any other procedures that don’t last need to be done on the day of the wedding, but make sure you schedule a rehearsal a couple of weeks earlier, to see if you really like the look.

 Makeup-hair - Beautiful Brides Philly

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Find the Perfect Look

Every bride looks amazing on her wedding day, but you’re not any of those brides, you’re your own person and you need your own style. If you are going to do your makeup yourself, plan a look at least a month in advance and practice it every week. The day of the wedding, don’t use any new products or change the look. If you are getting a professional to do it, then just one rehearsal will do the trick, and you can make any necessary alterations then. The same goes for your hairstyle, unless you are doing something drastic–like cutting off six inches right your wedding–which might not be the best idea if you’ve never done it before. Either way, you want to find stylists whom you trust, whose portfolios you like and who are available on the date. “Do your research, read testimonials and get a few personal referrals when choosing your day-of hair and makeup team,” states Persia. “And most of all—make sure the company or artist you hire offers a rock-solid contract, Persia adds.

Sure, you groom has seen you at your best and at your worst, and so have your friends and family, but the wedding look isn’t for them: it’s for you. You deserve to look and feel like a queen because that is exactly what you are, on your wedding day and any other day.

 

Guest Blogger, Georgia Selih is author @highstylife.com. By nature an artist, by profession a journalist. An irreparable print lover who is enjoying this hot digital affair…

Questions You Should Ask Your Wedding Planner in 2018

Your wedding planner will be your go-to person every step of the way, which is why it’s important to choose the right one. They have to be not only well-organized, professional, and experienced, but also capable of calming you down and making sure your wedding is as close to what you have imagined as possible. So, to make sure you hire a wedding planner who will understand you and have your best interests in mind, here are some questions you should ask at your first meeting.

What is your specialty?

To know whether the planner you’re interviewing is right for you, you need to know their strong points. For instance, some focus more on the design and decoration while some prefer to deal with the organization and coordination. In other words, if you need more help with one specific aspect of your wedding, you should choose the planner that specializes in that area. If you are from Australia and If you’d like, for example, to convey your love of motorcycles go for wedding planner in Sydney who can create a unique event that’s a reflection of you.

How much experience do you have?

Of course, you don’t want to hire somebody who has very little experience in the field of organizing weddings. True, we all need to start somewhere but unless you’re absolutely sure that the planner you’re hiring can turn your ideas into reality and keep everything under control, you should opt for somebody who has done it all before. Plus, weddings usually require a personal touch in order to be unique, so you need a planner who knows how to make your wedding your own.

How busy are you?

You want their full attention not only during your wedding but while planning it as well. Therefore, don’t hesitate to ask about their current plans and projects. If they are already working on more than a few weddings, as can be expected from the best planners, make sure the size of their team allows them to divide their attention equally and not let any of the important details be forgotten.

What sorts of services do you offer?

Most wedding planners have a well-organized website, but it might not always be clear what services they offer. This is why it’s always a good idea to ask in detail about their wedding day packages – what they include, how much they cost, which ones are the most popular and compare it with your wedding checklist. Knowing the answers to those and similar questions will enable you to choose the right planner for your wedding.

What happens if you get sick?

You should always have a backup plan in case you find yourself without your wedding planner during your wedding day. So, ask them what happens if, for one reason or another, they cannot attend your wedding – do they have a substitute or a trusted assistant? And what if they really do need to hand your wedding over to somebody else – will that somebody be just as professional and capable of ensuring that your important day is nothing short of perfect?

Do you have the right venues in mind?

If you know what kind of venue you’re looking for but you don’t have any specific locations in mind, you should ask your planner whether they will be able to find something close to what you’ve imagined. Of course, before asking such a question, make sure to share with them as many details as you can about your venue-related wishes, so they know what to look for. You can also ask them to describe some venues they’ve worked at, so you can get a better idea of what you’d like to have at your wedding.

Every couple wants their wedding to be perfect, and although there will always be things you can’t control, choosing your wedding planner is not one of them. Make sure the person you’re hiring is experienced and creative enough to bring your ideas to life, ask about the details in regard to their services, have a backup plan just in case, and your wedding day will definitely be one of the most memorable days of your life.

BBP Guest Blogger:  Georgia Selih is author @highstylife.com. By nature an artist, by profession a journalist. An irreparable print lover who is enjoying this hot digital affair…

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Wedding Photos You Need to Try

As a bride to be, you know that to do lists and checklists are your best friend. I used to have an entire section of my fridge covered with post-its while we were in the middle of planning: pink for bridal, blue for groom, yellow for venue, and green for photographs. When we first sat down to plan our W Day, I thought the dress and the band would be the toughest to choose. Turns out, it was the photographer!

We looked at a bunch of portfolios, and all I kept thinking was how every wedding looked the same. Luckily, we were able to find Keith, who took the best pictures ever, and who had a proper sit-down with us, and gave us about a zillion ideas for pictures, and we also had our own list of ideas (on the green post-its), so here are some of them.

Remember that in order to look your best in every frame, you need to hire professionals to do your hair and makeup. You may think you can do it alone, or that you can trust a friend to do it, but that is simply not the case. Find the right artists, who will make your vision a reality, and help you be the most glorious bride, and look great in all the snaps, including:

Pet central

Photo:  https://www.jessmarksphotography.com.au/

If you have a cat, a dog, or even a goldfish, why not take a few images with them? It may not be the obvious choice, but these pics can be very adorable and sweet. For instance, I had this thing about having our cat in a picture (my husband proposed by tying the ring to the cat’s collar, and it took me about 15 minutes to realize it was there), so we made sure we had 15 minutes to make Mex stay still and look at the lens.

A photo booth

I know a lot of people are doing it, but you can make it all your own! We went back and forth about it, but the photo booth we ended up renting turned up some of the best images of the entire night! Make sure the costumes reflect your wedding, your group of friends, the way you are with each other. As my lord husband is the hugest fan of George Martin in the world at this point, we had our guests decked out in A Song of Ice and Fire costumes.

A city to play in

Bridal Styling

Photo:  http://www.ashleygerrityphotography.com/

Wherever you live, I find it’s a great idea to have a photo session in your favorite parts of town. Not just where every other couple gets photographed, but where you two like to hang out, be it a bus stop, a café, a restaurant, a park, anything. Where you met, where you kissed, taking a few snaps there can be a great choice.

The venue itself

Make sure to tell the photographer to take some images of the venue, the food, the invitations, the flowers, and every other small detail they can think of, while it’s all being set up. These kinds of images can be great to look back on later, especially as you won’t be able to see these preparations in real time.

Get ready with me

Bridal Party Getting Ready
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You also shouldn’t miss out on having pictures taken of both of you getting ready. You and the bridal party will naturally be having more fun, with the makeup, your own glam squad, the dresses and flowers, so make sure all of this is captured in time. Some snaps of the dress itself, a few of you getting all dolled up, you know what I mean. Meanwhile, the groom and his groomsmen should also be photographed, while they slip into ties and suits. My groom wore tails and a stiff collar for the ceremony, and there’s this picture we have where he has no idea how to tie a bowtie, which I love.

Party central

Asian Cultural Wedding Hair Styling
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Finally, once the dancing gets really under way, the photographer can just go nuts – dance moves frozen in time are some of the funniest and most elegant pictures at the same time, and you will have a lot of fun looking at them years later. An experienced photographer is excellent at people-watching, and they will know whom to shadow on the dance floor.

A selfie in the making

One final thing though – make sure you take a selfie the first chance you get to be alone after the vows. A lot of emotion can be bottled up with that single click, and you will want to keep that photo on your desktop forever.

 

Guest Blogger:  Rebecca Dorothy Brown is a translator, avid traveler, a book worm and horror flick enthusiast.  Her job offers her the amazing opportunity to travel to dozens of countries around the world and http://roughdraft.eu/ is the space where she showcases some of them.

The Best Wedding Spots in the World

Many couples want to take their vows and join in marriage somewhere where they feel like home. A familiar pub, the place where they met, or even their own backyard. After all, it’s logistically the simplest way to hold a wedding, since most of your friends and family are around and you are working on familiar ground. However, some couples want to make their wedding a beautiful trip for everyone, and they are willing to travel far and wide to find the perfect spot. So what are the best wedding destinations across the globe?

Tahiti

Endless beaches, stunning scenery and exclusive resorts all come together in Tahiti to make it the perfect place for a tropical wedding. It is almost too easy to see yourself walking barefoot down the sandy aisle whenever you look at a photo of the place. You can look at the surrounding islands as well: Bora Bora, Raiatea and Huahine are all great destinations with amazing spots. Tahitian weddings are almost always at amazing outdoor venues on stunning beaches or in small clearings within the palm trees.

 

Iceland

It’s not hard to fall in love with the idea of Iceland if you just imagine the contrast of a long, white gown and the black sand beach. Or getting married inside of a glacier, surrounded by ice and your loved ones. It might seem a bit far away, but the trip will be well worth it. There are hundreds of amazing natural locations to choose from and it will most definitely be a unique experience for you and all your guests.

 

Saint Lucia

This Caribbean island is a paradise that looks like it was specifically made for destination weddings. Unlike so many islands that have nothing but white beaches and palm trees to offer, St. Lucia is a mountainous place with a new and exciting location at every step. You will fall in love with the waterfalls, rustic forests and aged architecture that will surround you as you make those all important steps.

Sydney

If you want to have fun in a place where you are sure all resources will be readily available, then Sydney is the place to go. It is full of stunning locations that are just waiting for couples to speak their vows. Besides the amazing seaside locations and stunning venues, there are numerous beautiful golf courses in Sydney that are simply perfect for an outdoor ceremony, as well as the after party in one of the nearby restaurants. You know you won’t have any trouble finding a place to accommodate all of your guests either, and they will be able to stay for a longer time and enjoy everything the city has to offer.

Tuscany

Italy is the land of love and Tuscany might just be the most romantic part of the country. The vineyards will provide amazing scenery as you tuck into the local delicacies. The locals will always be willing to help, and you won’t have to look too far to discover the true authentic experience. The recommendation here is, of course, an outdoor wedding, but the small B&Bs often have amazing spaces for indoor ceremonies as well. Remember to enjoy the wine while you’re there!

Opting for a destination wedding is not easy, and it will take a lot of planning and a few sacrifices as well. If guests are expected to cover their own travel and accommodation fees, then you need to be prepared for some people not to come, and if you want to pay the expenses yourself, you might find yourself with a guest list a lot shorter than what you originally planned. Nevertheless, a destination wedding is the most exciting thing you can plan a great way to kick-start your married life.

Georgia Selih is author @highstylife.com. By nature an artist, by profession a journalist. An irreparable print lover who is enjoying this hot digital affair…

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To Lash or Not to Lash! Wedding Day False Lashes Explained

Photo:  Martin Reardon Photography, www.martinreardonphoto.com

No matter if she dreams of a huge princess ball gown, or an edgy silk jumpsuit, every bride wants to look her most beautiful on her big day. Apart from the dress, every look is made complete with the perfect hair and makeup. Nothing elevates a make-up look so dramatically as a pair of falsies. However, some women are still intimidated by the application process or worry that they might be too obvious. Actually, there are several kinds of false lashes, and each are different in terms of cost, longevity, application and effect. If you are on the fence about wearing falsies, take a look at our handy guide.

Lash Extensions

Lash extensions are the most long-lasting out of all lash solutions. They can give you a dramatic look that will really make you shine in your wedding photos. They will also spare you from the stress of trying to apply falsies on your big day. The lashes are attached with a specially formulated glue that, with regular touch-ups (normally once a month), allows them to stay on permanently. If extensions are your choice, make sure you get them done at a professional salon to avoid damage to your natural lashes or even an allergic reaction or infection. When done by a pro, the application process is safe and painless. Depending on the volume, length and type of hair (mink, silk or synthetic), the initial procedure normally costs anywhere from $100 to $400, while touch-ups are around $50-$70.  (Beautiful Brides Philly is now offering lash extensions.  Starting in January, we are taking appointments, so email us at info@beautifulbridesphilly.com for more information.)

Photo:  Ian Shiver Photography, www.vivalovephoto.com

Individual Lashes

Individual lashes are actually little clusters of 3 to 4 lashes each. Each pack comes with plenty of these little clusters in varying length. They are glued on using lash glue. Individual lashes provide a lighter, less dramatic look. It takes a bit of practice to perfect the art of even application, but once you master it, you can achieve a very natural, fluttery look. They are also a great option if you only need to fill in some patches of sparse lashes. The usual price range for natural individual lashes is from $3 to $15, and each pack contains enough lashes for several uses. Theoretically, they can be reused if cleaned properly, but with the low price tag, it might not be worth the hassle.

Strip Lashes

Strip eyelashes are not permanent, and are a good solution if you normally like your natural look, but want to go dramatic for your special occasion. There is a huge range of false strips available, and you can achieve any look you imagine, regardless of the quality of your natural lashes. The application can be finicky and stressful. If you have never done it before, but really want them for your wedding day, let a professional make-up artist apply them for you. Depending on the brand, style and quality, they can cost anywhere from a few bucks, to $50 a pair. With proper care, they can be re-used.

Naturally, to ensure that your glamorous eye look and your fabulous lashes put on the very best show, you will need to capture them in the right light. As important as your makeup is, only the right photographer will know how to capture the highlight and the shadow perfectly.

 

Middle Eastern Wedding Headband Style
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Ultimately, it’s important you look and feel gorgeous on your wedding day, but what matters most is your comfort. It’s best to try out falsies beforehand. Experiment with different types, and then make an educated decision based on your experience to ensure you look radiant and feel at ease.

Guest Blogger:  Georgia Selih is author @highstylife.com. By nature an artist, by profession a journalist. An irreparable print lover who is enjoying this hot digital affair…

Winter Wedding Details You’re Going to Fall in Love With

Vintage Winter Bride Hair and Makeup
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Of course, summer weddings are cool and all, but there is something extremely romantic and beautiful about winter weddings as well. Is it the coldness, the snowflakes that makes it all so special? We can’t tell. However, we can give you some ideas that will help you make your winter wedding even more special.

 

Winter decorations   

Decorations add that festive cheer to a winter wedding. From simple pine cones all the way to crafty cakes, these simple and inexpensive ideas will definitely change the complete look of the wedding.

What is the first thing you think of when you think about winter? That’s right – pine cones. You can use them as card holders, garlands, table and even wedding cake decorations. If you want that extra festive feeling, spray them with gold or silver spray, depending on the overall decoration of your venue.

Next, you can turn the wine glasses into stunning pillar candle holders with just a little bit of metallic silver or metallic gold spray. And if you already have candle holders, you can mix and match them freely.

Another way to add festive character to the place is by decorating the chairs with ribbons, glitter cut outs, rustic pine cones, or even some greenery.

 

Lighting

When it comes to winter weddings, lighting is the single most important décor element. The quality of your photos, atmosphere after the sun goes down and overall illumination of the venue depends on the right choice of bulbs and candles. However, this doesn’t mean we can’t have a little bit of fun with it, right? And what is the most fun form of artificial light out there? Exactly – fairy lights. Let your imagination and inspiration do the job for you. You can opt for a ceiling of fairy lights, pair them with greenery, place them on the walls, in the corners, on the floor etc.

 

Getaway car

Since there is a big chance it will snow on your wedding day and also be very cold, make sure you don’t forget to hire a wedding car service and decorate your getaway vehicle with cute winter details such as pine branches, red ribbons, golden glitter garnishes etc. Get to your venue comfortably, romantically and with style.

 

Winter cocktails for warming up

Sure, you can sip martinis any time you want, but sipping a drink specially designed for cold months is a completely different story. You can serve your guests a New York Sour – which is a classic whiskey sour with a red wine float, a winter margarita – which is a traditional margarita with the addition of an egg white and mescal, a champagne cocktail that will elevate the pomp of your traditional champagne glass or an aged rum daiquiri. Both you and your guests will enjoy these thick but refreshing beverages.

 

Winter bake

The best thing about winter wedding cakes is that they are super festive and give you countless possibilities. If you are getting married around New Year’s Eve, you can garnish your cake with a glittery gold frosting, or you can decorate it with pine cones, greenery and ribbons if your wedding is around Christmas, for example.

 

Your wedding dress

 

The perfect winter wedding dress is the one that is stylish, practical and keeps you warm. If you’ve chosen a short dress, make sure you put on some chic stockings or tights that will keep your legs warm. Accessorize your bandeau or spaghetti-strapped dress with a faux fur bolero that looks elegant, luxurious and keeps you warm all the time.

When it comes to shoes, we all know that wedding shoes are all about sparkle and decadence. Opt for closed toe shoes with a discreet embellishment such as crystals or white feathers, and make sure they are comfortable enough to get you through the entire night without any pain.

Georgia Selih is author @highstylife.com. By nature an artist, by profession a journalist. An irreparable print lover who is enjoying this hot digital affair.

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Bride Professional Updo with Groom

Wedding Planning 101: Ways to Save and Ways to Splurge

So you’ve set the date for your big day! Now begins the process of booking your venue and vendors.  Depending on your budget, here are a few tips on where to splurge and where to save:

  • Venue–First, you’ll need a venue–often most popular ones book two years’ in advance. Do you want a city setting? A more rustic event at a winery or country mansion? When it comes to where, consider your guest list and the amount charged “per head” before you plan the rest of the details. One thing couples often forget is the parking cost, especially when planning an urban wedding. Don’t forget to ask if parking fees for your guests are included, and if not, decided whether to pick up the charges.

 

  • Photographer–Besides the venue and the church, the photographer is the next vendor who often gets booked years in advance.  After the flowers have wilted and the champagne is gone, all that’s left are your beautiful photos. Choose who will photograph your wedding wisely because here, you get what you pay for! If someone says they will shoot your wedding for $500, I’d be cautious.  Find one who not only fits within your budget but research online reviews and portfolios.

 

  • Flowers–It’s estimated that 8% of your total budget will most likely go to wedding flowers, but it depends what’s most important to you as far as wedding decor is concerned. While I’ve seen brides spend as little as $500 on their wedding flowers and as much as $30,000, the cost will vary depending on your taste and the number of flowers you’ll need.

 

  • Makeup and Hair:  Wedding photography is much higher quality these days, so you and your party need gorgeous hair and makeup that will last the entire day.  I’ve seen many brides “DIY” their hair and makeup with disastrous results. The bridal beauty market is now flooded with “self taught” and “Instagram” artists, so be very careful. Again here, you definitely get what you pay for so read reviews and book early.  Also, like with all of your vendors, make sure they offer a contract with deposits paid up front.  There would be nothing worse than not having them show up on the morning of your wedding!

If you have a more flexible budget, I recommend hiring a wedding planner to take the stress off and handle all of those tiny details so you can relax and enjoy the day! Planning a wedding doesn’t mean you have to break your budget, but sometimes, spending a little extra on certain items just makes sense. And if you don’t have the funds to make your dream day happen, a low-interest personal loan from a company like Earnest may be a great option to help you with your wedding!

Photo:  BG Photography

Color Palette Tips – Neutral is the Way to Go!

Choosing a color palette for your wedding day is one of the first decisions you will make as a bride. While not necessary – it can help assist you in forming a cohesive aesthetic that will carry you and your guests throughout the day. We’re so glad to see that the “trends” for Summer/Fall 2017 are largely classic and timeless – including integrating gorgeous neutrals and metallics throughout your color palette.

Fashion choices are often one of the first things to be decided on – so once you’ve got your gorgeous frock nailed down, it’s usually time to think about your beau’s look (or maybe vice-versa!) The Black Tux is a super cool, easy to navigate website that can help you nail down a tuxedo rental that both you and your betrothed will love. We do love a gray suit on a super sharp groom-to-be here at BBP!

But enough about the guys – what about you? How can you integrate your classic color palette even into your hair and makeup? Well thankfully neutrals are typically the way to go when it comes to makeup. We often tell our clients that we want them to look back at their wedding photos and say “Wow I look so beautiful!” not “Wow I look like I got married in 2017!” A beautiful, soft shimmery eye that defines the eye shape while letting the natural eye color shine is a favorite look of ours. If you want a more “metallic” feel to the makeup, antique golds and bronze tones are very flattering on those with deeper or olive skin toned beauties, while a brighter less aged shade will do well with those with fair complexions. When it comes to silver, we typically suggest you leave that to your accessories, as it can sometimes look very harsh or un-natural in your makeup. However, a soft silver lid blended out with taupes and soft browns can be lovely.

Metallic hair extensions are very 2014 – but you can integrate some shimmer into your ‘do using hair combs or other accessories. Most modern brides don’t wear their veils past the photos and the ceremony, so it’s always nice to have something underneath to keep your look special throughout the night. It’s also an opportunity to integrate some elements from your color palette into your overall look. Rose-gold accessories are very popular right now – teetering between a lush gold and a soft pink. The classic silver hair piece with rhinestones is always a favorite – but you can try utilizing a hair chain in-lieu of a clip for something a bit more modern.

No matter what you choose it’s sure to look gorgeous – just keep these tips in mind to make it a little easier to decide!

Light and Airy November Beach Wedding Featured on Borrowed and Blue

The Philly area is unique in its wedding landscapes – you could have a modern urban affair, a rustic romantic party that embraces the lush PA landscape – or in the case of bride Katie, you can opt for the sparkling beaches of the Jersey Shore. We loved Katie’s elegant and classic beach side nuptials at The Reeds at Shelter Haven that was recently featured on top wedding blog Borrowed and Blue. Check out the gorgeous photos done by photographer Danielle Nowak in the blog post here!

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Wedding Day Timeline Tips

Wedding planning can be a stressful time – with so many big and small decisions to make and an overwhelming amount of options, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. There are so many online resources that couples can utilize to make the process a little easier, and our friends at WeddingWire have a plethora of tools to help organize and research your vendors. They also have this helpful wedding day timeline to give you an idea what tasks you should be focusing in on at what time. We’ve also included our own “Beauty” Wedding Day timeline to help you prep yourself to be the most gorgeous and glowing bride on your wedding day.

12 Months

You’re at the one-year mark right before the big day, you’ve used WeddingWire to find the perfect venue so what’s next to think about? One of the things is your hair and makeup. If you already have your gown or at least it’s on order, then that’s great because it’s time to start thinking about your wedding day look. Pinterest will now be your best friend!

Are you a boho chic bride? Maybe incorporate a floral crown and some braids into your hair style and keep your makeup simple. Are you more classic with a black-tie affair? Think elegant and timeless opting for a low chignon and red lip.

Start collecting pins to share with your stylists so when you do have your trial run, they can have a good starting point and also use them to guide you a bit.

 

9 Months

Once you’ve  got the gown – this is a good time to start researching who you will hire for your hair and makeup needs.  Consider if you want both services for everyone in your party. Will you be paying for the services or will your bridesmaids be covering their own services? If so, check with the group to see what their budget is. You can also “gift” them one of the services if that helps.  Knowing who will be getting which services this far in advance is important because many on-site bridal beauty companies require a minimum number of services.  Most companies require this information even before you book a trial with them.

 

7 Months

Now that you’re bridesmaids have their outfits – let the beauty countdown begin! Now is the time to really start caring for your hair and skin if you haven’t already been doing so. Your makeup will last longer and look better if you start a steady skincare routine of a daily cleansing, toning and moisturizing.  Twice a week exfoliate with a favorite product or mix two-parts brown sugar with two-parts olive oil.  Scrub for about two minutes, rinse with warm washcloth then tepid water. You’ll see immediate results!

As for your hair, keep your color fresh and ends tidy. If your hair is on the shorter side and you need length for the style you want, then just let it grow. Or, opt for some clip-in extensions.  Be realistic.  Don’t show your stylist a picture of a bride with long hair down to her waist if your hair is only shoulder length.

 

 

5 Months

Continuing your beauty prep, schedule a professional facial for once a month.  Have your last one a full 30 days prior to your wedding day.  If you need any facial waxing done, you can do that about a week to 4 days prior. Also, this is the time to schedule your hair and makeup trial with your chosen beauty vendor – especially now that you’ve solidified your accessories.

3 Months

Having already had your trial run? Get on it girl! The best stylists and beauty companies book as far in advance as a year and most won’t hold your date until the trial run has happened, the deposit is made and a contract has been signed. Word to the wise—if a company or individual stylist doesn’t offer a signed and solid contract move on! You want be legally protected and be assured your team will show up on your wedding day.

 

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